Haiti, French Guiana advance to Caribbean Cup football finals
ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Monday November 19, 2012 - Haiti and French Guiana qualified for the finals of the Caribbean Cup in Antigua next Month after contrasting outcomes in their final group six matches Sunday night.
Haiti defeated Grenada two nil to win the group while French Guiana lost to Guyana 4-3 at the national stadium but advanced on a better goal difference than the host nation.
The Haitians, needing a win to go through, attacked in numbers and outclassed their Grenadian opponents who needed a draw or a defeat by one goal to advance.
The Grenadians played defensively throughout and barely engaged the Haitian custodian and captain, Jhony Placide, to the disappointment over more than 2000 spectators cheering them on.
Haiti scored in the 36th minute of play after Jeasony Alcenat dribbled from the middle of the field into the 18 box scored and shooting low and to the right of goal keeper Shemel Louison.
Five minutes into the second half Haiti benefitted from an own goal after a ball deflected off a Grenadian defender into the net. Haiti topped the group with six points after defeating Guyana one-nil and crumbling to French Guiana in a shocking one-nil loss.
Guyana, who was already eliminated before Sunday’s matches, enjoyed an exciting 4-3 consolation success over French Guiana who qualified after edging out the host nation on goal difference.
The two teams battled to a one all scoreline at the interval after Vurlon Mills opened the scoring for Guyana in the 12th minute and Stanley Ridel equalized in the 34th minute.
A Shawn Beveney brace inspired a Guyana second half of an evenly contested encounter that produced the most goals in the group six semi-finals. Beveney converted in the 56th minute and followed deep in the second half with an effortless shot from the penalty spot.
Walter Moore was Guyana’s other marksman, converting in the 46th minute to give his side a two-one lead. Marc Habran scored French Guiana’s second goal in the 63rd minute and Marc Edwige converted in the 88th minute, with a shot from outside the 18 yard box that slipped through the diving figure of Derrick Carter, the Guyana goalkeeper.